The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Offers New Tips for Managing Alzheimer’s

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As the “baby boomer” generation begins to turn 65, the number of new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is expected to grow exponentially. The Alzheimer’s Caregiver offers tips for families that have a relative who has been recently diagnosed.

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Elin says caregivers should try to not blame themselves or the person with Alzheimer's.

As the nation’s “baby boomer” generation begins to turn 65, the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every year is expected to increase. To assist families after a relative has been diagnosed with dementia, http://www.thealzheimerscaregiver.com The Alzheimer’s Caregiver offers valuable tips on how to cope with the disease.

1)    Find a support group. It is important to have other people to talk to who also have relatives with dementia. This group with provide not only useful information but support and understanding as you continue to make decisions as a caregiver.

2)    Contact a local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. A local Alzheimer’s Association will offer an abundant amount of accessible information relating to the disease. Consider enrolling your family member in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Safe Return Program, which helps find people with dementia in the event they wander off and become lost. For more information, go to http://www.alz.org and http://www.alz.org/care/dementia-medic-alert-safe-return.asp

3)    Involve and inform other family members. It can be a lot of pressure to be the one caregiver making all the decisions for a relative with dementia. Involve the family in the decision-making and planning process to ease the personal burden. Consider involving the most appropriate family members first, bringing in others as needs arise.

4)    Educate yourself and family members about Alzheimer’s, caregiving needs and available options. Do this by consulting with educational resources such as http://www.lightbridgehealthcare.com and http://www.alz.org.

5)    Safety-proof the relative’s living environment and restrict their access to driving a car.

6)    Utilize the family member’s doctor. Have an open discussion with the health professional in charge of the relative’s care. Discuss medications for dementia as well as other health issues and general health maintenance for your relative. Also, explore non-drug treatments for dementia-related issues.

7)    Take care of yourself. As a caregiver, personal health is also very important. Try to get regular exercise, sleep and find personal relaxing moments. Find the things that bring personal joy and happiness and seek them out. Maintain a sense of humor; laughter is always the best medicine.

8)    Stay Active. Find activities everyone in the family can enjoy. It is important to continue to make memories.

9)    Review the state of the family member’s affairs. Go through their finances, insurance and health resources. Try to anticipate future medical and financial issues. The Alzheimer’s Caregiver recommends seeking advice from a lawyer regarding powers of attorney, wills, insurance, and other legal matters. One should also consider meeting with a financial planner regarding finances.

10)    Develop a long-term plan of action for treatment and care. Take the time to consider whether at-home care, paid residential care, or a nursing home works best for your family and loved on with dementia.

As Tom Elin, CEO of The Alzheimer’s Caregiver explains, “It’s important for caregivers to seek out support and information. Talking to others will help them to maintain their own health while looking after others.” Elin says caregivers should try to not blame themselves or the person with Alzheimer's.

About The Alzheimer Caregiver: The Alzheimer’s Caregiver provides academic, scientific, and clinical research about Alzheimer’s for institutional and at-home caregivers. It offers medical technology, training and materials which often allow users to keep patients at home longer than would be possible otherwise. To find out what The Alzheimer’s Caregiver can do for you or a loved one, visit http://www.TheAlzheimersCaregiver.com.

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